I must entreat you to ask the engraver to leave out the groups of figures from the picture_and also to omit the end of the out-house seen from behind_and to put in the sky & clouds above_which the scope of the daguerrotype (sic] could not cover.
In relation to the illustrations of the volume _ please _ if it be not too late inscribe the name of the operator Plumbe (37) on the plate from the daguerrotype [sic]_and that of the artist Miss Gordon on that from the miniature.
10) These daguerrotypes
were perfect exhibits of their craft.
But the deep pleasure of collecting daguerrotypes is to be found in the romance which lies behind what you see when you open the tiny embossed lid.
Certainly, it is an inspiration for anybody who loves strange and beautiful things, therefore, if I have the opportunity to purchase daguerrotypes in the coming months I shall attempt to do so while prices are still, on the whole, below pounds 40 - and I advise you to do the same.
The American writer, David Deitcher, has thrown a fascinating new slant upon the American daguerrotype in terms of the social anthropology these beautiful little images of men and women long dead represent to us today.
In Dear Friends, American Photographs of Men Together, 1840-1918 (Abrams: pounds 24) Deitcher explores the daguerrotype images he has come across in galleries, dealers' shops and fairs.
Trachtenberg puts the reception of the daguerrotype
into a contemporary |mixed discourse of science, technique, art and magic' of |images as magical replicas, as fetishes and effigies'.
The dawn of photography: French daguerrotypes
Although the authors do not mention the fact, he provided Cole with an inventory and daguerrotypes
, which must have helped convince him of the collection's worth.